Promo Round-up: The Listener

Mystery thriller The Listener 心灵法医 stars Nie Yuan (Legend of Haolan) as a successful medical examiner who harbours his own secrets. Song Yi (Entrepreneurial Age) costars as the head of the criminal investigations unit with Lu Fangsheng (Longest Day in Chang’an) as her second-in-command.

The 36 episode drama is adapted from Zhu Mingchuan’s Listening to the Dead and releases 2 eps every Mon to Thurs on iQiyi beginning tonight.

Teaser with overly-dramatic BGM

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Posters and trailer for political intrigue drama Thankful for the Remaining Years

Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian comes from Wang Juan, the writer of cult hits Turbulence of the Mu Clan, Legend of Southwest Dance and Music and Young Blood. Zhang Ruoyun is a forward-thinking noble intent on pushing through political reforms, most of which are opposed by the tyrannical ruler of Qing (Chen Daoming).

It’s rumoured Season 1 of 3 will premiere in less than a week. [Character Intros]

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Black Widow Song Yi in comic book dress


The Disguiser‘s Black Widow may not be a comic book superhero, but her actress Song Yi worn an awesome dress decorated with one. This dress is fun but elegant at the same time, and Song Yi looks great in it.  I know I didn’t write about it, but both of her recent idol dramas are pretty cute in a brainless way.

On a side-note, Indiewire reported Chloé Zhao will not be directing Marvel’s  Black Widow film.

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First stills released for Zhang Ruoyun, Li Qin’s Thankful for the Remaining Years

Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, also known as Joy of Life, has released stills of the leading cast members. Fan Xian’s (Zhang Ruoyun) growth arc will stretch across the entire show, as he learns valuable skills from Chen Pingping (Wu Gang), head of the kingdom’s investigative agency.

Fan Xian gets embroiled in murder mysteries and strange cases in the pugilist world (jianghu), and ultimately makes his way into the political scene, where he decides to challenge the Emperor (Chen Daoming) and the feudal system he represents.

Character introductions | Extended synopsis

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Brief introduction to the characters in Thankful for the Remaining Years

Yes! Chen Daoming is back in drama land, and as a main character no less. In Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, he’ll be playing the tyrannical Emperor of the fictional country of Qing (he may be known as Liu Yu in the drama), a martial arts grand master and biological father of our protagonist Fan Xian (Zhang Ruoyun). Extended synopsis can be found here. (more…)